JERRY LEVIAS, OILERS
Only 5'10" and 175—small even by college standards—Levias was a No. 2 pick. But he has shown all the zip he had at SMU, is a fine receiver and is among the league leaders in both kickoff and punt returns.
BILL THOMPSON, BRONCOS
A third-round pick from Maryland State, Cornerback Thompson also leads Denver in kickoff and punt returns. A great favorite of the fans, he says, "Football is football, and there is only one way to play it—rough."
RON JOHNSON, BROWNS
Second in rushing in the NFL, the 205-pound Johnson, a No. 1 selection from Michigan, has the moves and the smarts. Most of his long gains have been carried out exactly as diagramed in the Cleveland playbook.
O. J. SIMPSON, BILLS
Although sidelined last weekend with recurring headaches, O.J. is Buffalo's top rusher. Says John Rauch, "We're losing, but he pitches right in and doesn't complain. The players certainly respect his skills."
BILL STANFILL, DOLPHINS
A No. 1 draft choice from Georgia, the 6'5", 250-pound Stanfill has been converted from defensive tackle to end. Notoriously weak on the pass rush, Miami now at least has one stud who can harass the passer.
DAVE HAMPTON, PACKERS
A ninth-round selection from Wyoming, Hampton is one of the NFL's best kickoff returners. "Most people stop to change direction," says Coach Phil Bengtson. "Hampton stops but his feet are going 100 mph."
CALVIN HILL, COWBOYS
Briefly considered for the tight end or linebacker positions, Hill has been simply magnificent as a running back. He leads the NFL in rushing with 349 yards in 64 carries, and he can catch and pass on the option, too.